Monthly Archives: November 2017

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 21, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Taylor Swift and friends have another swift start at pop radio, while the latest singles from Fall Out Boy and Kendrick Lamar find “love” from programmers at the format. Pass the turkey and the hot records, please…

WINNING THE “GAME”: Hot off her 50-31 move on last Sunday’s update, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” begins its own game in the CHR world, taking the Most Added title at Top 40 stations this week. The latest single from reputation, which also features Ed Sheeran and Future, puts up 60 adds on the current report, well ahead of “One Foot” by Walk The Moon, which grabs 37 new stations one week after it impacted here. (It’s also up one spot and seven adds from last week’s results!) “Foot” is likely to step foot into the top 40 by midweek, which means it should have a notable jump by the published report on Sunday night. Everyone enjoys a sweet chart success, perhaps even more than sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows or even apple pie. (I think I’ll be eating a little of each come Thursday night. Drooling yet?)

Meanwhile, impacting singles from Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy are gobbling up a nice musical meal; I guess they have a few trypto-fans here. The Zacari-assisted “Love.” by Lamar (25 adds, fourth place) and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by the band (23 adds, fifth place) perform solidly in their first full week, though they probably could have boasted slightly higher station totals on a date that wasn’t close to a national holiday. At the current time, both tracks are below the top 50 here, but don’t be surprised to see them in there by the end of the month.

1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
3. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
5. FALL OUT BOY, “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
6-T. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
6-T. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 20-21, 2017)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are the two new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

FALL OUT BOY – “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
Album: M A N I A (2018)
Past T40 History: “Champion” just missed the top 40 earlier this year. Their biggest song to date, “Dance, Dance”, hit #3 in 2006.

KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI – “LOVE.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
Album: DAMN. (2017)
Past T40 History: Other than his featured slots, Lamar has struggled to find an audience here. “HUMBLE.” peaked at #26 in July.

Next week: To be announced soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/12 – 11/18/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…


AARON TAOS featuring SHANE STOKES – “Alone” (Spotify)
I’ve been a fan of Taos’s tracks for just over two years now, with his tunes being featured on the Rewind and PGTC Spotify playlists. This year alone, my favorite releases from him include “Not Over Yet” and “Off My Mind”. His diverse musical palette shines again.


ALY & AJ – “Promises” (Spotify)
With the release of their EP Ten Years this past Friday, the duo of sisters Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka continue to impress the pop world with their comeback (which will hopefully include a full-length set next year!) This song is my favorite, a super retro bop.


CHELSEA LANKES – “Matches” (Spotify)
You know that I support all my Nashville kings and queens, and that includes Lankes, though it’s been a moment since her last new music dropped. Back in the spring of 2016, I really enjoyed her self-titled EP. Her latest edgy pop winner is quite an addictive song!


LAUV – “Paris In The Rain” (Spotify)
Pop keeps pouring down on us this week with the latest tune from Ari Leff’s ongoing playlist project titled I met you when I was 18. This one isn’t as instant as some of his past songs, a few of which have now been on the radio, but there’s a nice 70’s R&B influence.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AIRPLANE MAN – “New Supplier” (SoundCloud)
BROADHURST – “Open Wide” (SoundCloud)
GHOST MACHINES – “We Bring The Fire” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DROLL – “Jacket Weather” (SoundCloud)
THE BEACH – “U.R. Beautiful” (SoundCloud)
VOKES – “Easy To Hate” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 19, 2017

On the good “Foot”.

39. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
37. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran & Future – End Game | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Andy Grammer – Smoke Clears (37)
28. Bastille – World Gone Mad (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Bishop Briggs – Dream (30)
22. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (27)

10. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (09) | PEAK: #09
08. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (08) | PEAK: #08
07. P!nk – What About Us (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Dua Lipa – New Rules (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – One Foot (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (2)
2. Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This (4)
3. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (9)
4. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (1)
5. Loote – Out Of My Head (5)
6. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (8)
7. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (6)
8. Why Don’t We – These Girls (-)
9. Rag’N’Bone Man – Grace (We All Try) (-)
10. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don’t (-)

In The Mix:
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not
Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (new)
Flagship – Midnight
Mainland – I Found God
Malia (Civetz) – Champagne Clouds
Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous
Serena Ryder – Ice Age

Chart Notes:

  • They scored three #1 songs in a row from their last album, Talking Is Hard. Now, the Ohio band Walk The Moon returns to the top with the lead single from their follow-up What If Nothing. Leaping from 5-1 in its ninth week on the survey, “One Foot” bravely steps over the competition, becoming the 18th song to reach #1 during the 2017 chart year. “One” is currently in the top ten on the Alternative chart, the band’s core format, while it also crosses over to the Hot AC and Top 40 formats.
  • This week’s two debuts come from female soloists with new singles from recent releases. With her third chart song from the album reputation, the current #1 title in the land, Taylor Swift comes in at #37 with “End Game”. The highest new entry’s a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Future. Just two spots lower, at #39, is Demi Lovato with the title track from Tell Me You Love Me, which hit the top five several weeks ago. It’s her follow-up to “Sorry Not Sorry”, which peaked at #9.
  • Next week marks the last week of the 2017 chart year! Getting excited for the Top 100 of 2017? It’ll be here before you know it, and I’ll have an update on all the dates next week, so check back then.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 16, 2014

Dancin’ through a chart flashback.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 16, 2014…

39. MAT KEARNEY, “Heartbeat”
38. ONE DIRECTION, “Night Changes”
32. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS, “Uptown Funk”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE SCRIPT, “No Good In Goodbye” (31-22, nine spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “Superheroes” (down 2)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (down 3)
Album: Behind The Light (2014, 19/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Steal My Girl” (up 1)
Album: FOUR (2014, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

07. EDEN XO, “Too Cool To Dance” (up 3)
Album: Too Cool To Dance (single) (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Animals” (up 1)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Shake It Off” (down 1)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. BLEACHERS, “Rollercoaster” (up 1)
Album: Strange Desire (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (steady, second week)
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (2014, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (steady, second week)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. JAMIE SCOTT, “Unbreakable” (steady, fifth week)
Album: My Hurricane (2015, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 17, 2017

A new chart “Life”.

Just before we head into the Thanksgiving break, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty cooking when it comes to giant releases for the week. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL – The Rest Of Our Life (iTunes)
One of Country music’s most iconic couples is out with their joint release this week, their first full-length set together. “Speak To A Girl” and the title track have both hit the top 40 at the radio format, the latter of which is currently charting. It will likely settle for a top five peak on the Billboard 200, though it should lead the genre-specific chart (unless Garth Brooks‘s book/CD combo is eligible to enter the list.)

More albums out this week: Barenaked Ladies‘s Fake Nudes (iTunes), Chase Rice‘s Lambs & Lions (iTunes), Green Day‘s Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band (iTunes), Jaden Smith‘s SYRE (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s Buried Treasure: Volume 1 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s Low In High School (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Blue Lips (iTunes), T-Pain‘s Oblivion (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (iTunes), Tom Chaplin‘s Twelve Tales Of Christmas (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Our Favorite Time Of Year (Amazon)

More EPs out this week: Aly & AJ‘s Ten Years (iTunes), Dean Lewis‘s Same Kind Of Different (Acoustic) (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s It’s Not That Deep (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s High On You (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Warriors (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Alone”, Aaron Taos featuring Shane Stokes (iTunes)
“American Soul”, U2 (iTunes)
“Cabrona”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Can’t Trust A Soul”, Dreezy featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Coping”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Desires”, LCAW featuring WhoMadeWho (iTunes)
“Ding-A-Ling”, Stefflon Don & Skepta (iTunes)
“Dream (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Easy To Hate”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Echame La Culpa”, Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Energia”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Freeze”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“g2g ttyl”, blackbear featuring THEY. (iTunes)
“Get It Right”, Diplo featuring (iTunes)
“Giants (Lūn Remix)”, Lights (iTunes)
“Hola”, Flo Rida featuring Maluma (iTunes)
“Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Home”, Machine Gun Kelly & X Ambassadors featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“I Say So”, Chloe x Halle (iTunes)
“I Wrote A Song For You”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Let The Record Play”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa (Manila Killa Remix)”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Bohnes (iTunes)
“New (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Daya (iTunes)
“Number One”, Massari featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Only You”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Paris In The Rain”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Party Up”, Osmo featuring Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“PDA”, Day Wave & Hazel English (iTunes)
“Pineapple Skies”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Queen”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Embody Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Searchlight”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Slow”, Matoma featuring Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“The Beautiful & Damned”, G-Eazy featuring Zoe Nash (iTunes)
“The Bravest”, Sir Rosevelt (iTunes)
“U. R. Beautiful”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Waste My Time”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“We Fight”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes (Miss Congeniality Remix)”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Where I First Found You”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Blackbear, Bjork and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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